Mike Ellis, the owner of the Missoula Osprey (rookie; Pioneer League), is the new president of the short-season Northwest League, replacing Bob Richmond, who retired this year after 30 years leading the circuit.
“After a thorough selection process with many highly qualified candidates, it became clear that Mike Ellis was a perfect fit for our league,” said Andy Billig, chairman of the Northwest League Executive Committee. “Mike’s broad experience and strong relationship within baseball will help him to be an effective leader for the Northwest League.”
Ellis, a Missoula, Mont., resident, has served in various baseball capacities including team owner/operator, league director/vice president, and as a member of Minor League Baseball’s Board of Trustees. Ellis, along with his wife, Judy, will continue as the majority owners of the Osprey.
“Mike Ellis has developed a sterling reputation within Minor League Baseball through his club ownership, service on the Board of Trustees and seats on various committees within the National Association,” said Pat O’Conner, president of Minor League Baseball. “As a League president, I fully expect his administrative skills, knowledge of the business of baseball and stable demeanor to serve the Northwest League well for years to come.”
“I am extremely honored to be chosen for this position,” Ellis said. “The Northwest League is a highly successful and respected League, which has benefited from the hard work and dedication of Bob Richmond. Bob, along with a talented group of team owners and management have set a standard that I will strive to maintain.”
Richmond will continue as president of the Arizona League, a position he has held since that league’s inception in 1988. He will also remain the owner of Baseball Opportunities, a firm that brokers the sale of MiLB franchises, and as co-owner of the Midland RockHounds (Class AA; Texas League). Richmond has served as president of the Northwest League from 1974-81 and 1991-2012.
“Mike is a most capable baseball man and he will do a terrific job as president of the Northwest League,” Richmond said. “I am most pleased that the League has chosen him as my successor.”
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